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January 1986

History of Fluorescein Angiography Corrected

Author Affiliations

Brooks Air Force Base, Tex

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(1):21-22. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050130025004

To the Editor.  —In the September 1985 issue of the Archives an article appeared entitled "Twenty-five Years of Fluorescein Angiography," by Paul A. Blacharski, MD,1 and a letter to the editor by fluorescein angiography pioneer David L. Alvis, MD.2 Both are very interesting dissertations. Since both works are historical in nature, I would like to add certain aspects to this history that were omitted in both.In his letter, Dr Alvis mentions that the chairman of the Department of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, in 1959 was John B. Hickam, MD, and he further states that Dr Hickam had a research grant to study the oxygen saturation of retinal blood vessels by photographic methods. Dr Hickam did indeed have a grant, which was from the US Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, then located at Randolph Air Force Base, Tex. Earlier—in February 1959—Dr Hickam and

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